Lima zoo celebrates World Turtle Day with flowers

Robie de Guzman   •   May 24, 2019   •   1261

Courtesy : Reuters

Turtles at Lima’s Parque de las Leyendas zoo received flowers on World Turtle Day on Thursday (May 23), with zookeepers using the event to raise awareness of the dangers facing this animal.

“Currently in the world we have 300 different types of species in different parts of the world, and (that number) is going down a lot. Why should we keep them (turtles)? Because each animal is an important part of the ecosystem in our world,” said Zookeeper Mirian Cueva.

More than 40 turtles of different species reside in this enclosure, such as the endangered yellow-footed tortoise and 150-year ‘Sanson’ from the Galapagos Islands. Many turtles here were once domesticated pets that were later abandoned by their owners.

“The majority of turtles that we have here have been found, have been pets, or have been abandoned in the park. People come and leave them,” Cueva said.

“What our zoo does is keep them and takes care of them,” she added.

On World Turtle Day, students visited the park to see ‘Sanson’ feast on a bouquet of flowers and learn how they can better protect endangered turtles.

The biggest threats to turtles are human related, due to habitat loss, pollution and animal trafficking. (REUTERS)

Drone footage captures ash-covered marine life in Balayan Bay

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 29, 2020

UNTV’s underwater drone captured the sorry state of Balayan Bay’s marine life which has been covered in a blanket of volcanic ash from Taal Volcano’s eruption.

Joey Devilla, one of the fishermen in San Luis, said they were finding it difficult to catch fish since the eruption of the Taal volcano. He said there were large amounts of ashfall underwater of Balayan Bay.

“Putik ang ilalim, talaga hong makikita niyo na medyo madilim tsaka wala kayong makikitang maliit na isda (The underwater is murky, you can abrely see anything below and you cannot see any small fishes),” he said.

“Hindi na po nakakahuli ng dulong (silver fish) simula noong pumatak ang maraming ashfall dito sa amin. Kaya po medyo mahirap ngayon ang buhay dahil ito lang ang pinagkakakitaan namin dito sa San Luis (I can no longer catch any silver fish since the ashfall. Life has been quite difficult here [fishing] has been one of our main livelihood here in San Luis),” he added.

UNTV’s drone journalism, which includes air and underwater drone, was spearheaded by Kuya Daniel Razon to provide more detailed information on news reports.

The UNTV drone journalism has already covered several new reports including the Manila Bay Rehabilitation, Star City fire and more.—AAC

Lifesaver: How to treat fireworks-related burns and injuries

Robie de Guzman   •   December 31, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The government has been calling on the public to ditch fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices for safer noise-maker alternatives to avoid any injuries during the celebration of the holidays.

However, there are some people who just can’t help themselves from setting those firecrackers off so UNTV’s Lifesaver program has prepared first-aid tips on how to treat burns and injuries related to the use of fireworks.

Lifesaver program host, UNTV News and Rescue Manager Benedict Galazan, said there are different first aid treatments for different types of fireworks accidents.

He, however, stressed that these are only temporary measures as victims should be immediately rushed to the nearest hospital.

Here are the first-aid tips:

  • For first degree burns, the burned or injured area should be washed under cool running water for 10 to 15 minutes to ease the pain and remove traces of chemical powder.
  • Cover the burned area using a clean cloth and, if necessary, immediately bring the victim to the hospital.

First-degree burns are considered mild and result in pain and reddening of the skin.

  • For second degree burns, run cool water on the wound for 10 to 15 minutes to stop the bleeding and ease the pain.
  • Cover the wound with a clean cloth or plastic wrap then bring the victim to the nearest hospital.

Second-degree burns affect the epidermis and lower layer of the skin and may cause pain, redness, and blistering.

When blistering occurs, the swollen area of the skin should not be popped.

“‘Yung mga blister o paltos ay huwag puputukin. Kasi iyan po ang pinaka-defense mechanism ng katawan ‘yan na kapag may heat na naramdaman ang katawan, magpo-produce siya ng liquid para ‘yun din ang makatulong sa pagcool-down ng burn,” Galazan said.

  • For third-degree burns, run the wound on cool water for 10 to 15 minutes to stop the bleeding and ease the pain.
  • Carefully put pressure on the injured area to control the bleeding.
  • Do NOT apply toothpaste, cream or any oil-based ointment to the wound or burn.
  • Cover the injured area with a clean cloth or plastic wrap then bring the victim to the hospital.

Third-degree burns affect the dermis and deeper skin tissues and may result in white or blackened, charred skin that may be numb.

  • For injured fingers, hands and other limbs, Lifesaver advises to run the injured part under cool water. Do NOT use ice.
  • If the fingers are still intact, run it as well on cool water.
  • If some fingers or other body parts are dismembered or lost, apply pressure using a tourniquet or any device (bandage and stick, rope or belt) to a limb or extremity to limit – but not stop – the flow of blood.
  • Also, try to look for the dismembered finger, and wrap them in a clean cloth. Place them inside a sealed plastic bag and put it in ice.
  • Bring the victim and the dismembered body part to the nearest hospital.

Dismembered limbs need to be brought with the victim to the hospital as these may still be reattached through surgery.

  • For eye injuries, flush the affected eye with cool water to remove any traces of firecracker powder.
  • Do NOT scratch or touch the injured eye.
  • If it is bleeding, use gauze or a paper cup to cover and protect the injured eye. Be careful not to put pressure on the eye.
  • Bring the patient to the nearest hospital

For ingestion or firecracker or its powder, here are the first aid tips:

  • Let the patient drink raw egg whites. Health experts recommend six to eight egg whites to a child and eight to 12 to an adult.
  • The patient should not attempt to throw up the ingested firecracker to prevent further damage.
  • Bring the victim to the nearest hospital.

Remember, if the wound is larger than the size of the palm of the hand, immediately bring the victim to the nearest hospital or call emergency medical services such as 8-911-UNTV.

Watch the episode of Lifesaver below for more first aid tips on firecracker burns:

– RRD (Correspondent Harlene Delgado contributed to this report)

Kin of UNTV News crew members slain in Ampatuan Massacre cherish victory

Marje Pelayo   •   December 19, 2019

Filipinos Juliet Evardo (R) and Editha Tiamson (2-R), relatives of victims of the Maguindanao massacre, enter a prison facility to attend the on-going hearing at a maximum security prison in Taguig, south of Manila, Philippines, on 25 May 2011.

MANILA, Philippines – The relatives of the four UNTV News crew members slain in the Ampatuan Massacre expressed relief after the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221 rendered its verdict to the suspects in the gruesome murder of 32 journalists and 26 other individuals on November 23, 2009.

For them, the pains that they endured for more than a decade have somehow been relieved after they heard that the primary suspects who were members of a powerful clan in Mindanao – the Ampatuans – are placed behind bars.

After the promulgation of the case earlier Thursday (December 19), they were able to smile in between tears, not in grief, but in complete joy.

Erlyn Umpad, the partner of UNTV cameraman Mc Delbert Arriola, was emotional after hearing the guilty verdict.

“Habang binabasa na ang mga pangalan ng convicted, ang luha namin (While the names of the convicted were being read, we were in tears),” Erlyn said.

“Ang saya. Sabi ko: “Salamat sa Dios!” kasi dininig Niya ang panalangin namin (We’re relieved and happy. I whispered: “Thank God!” He listened to our prayers),” she added.

UNTV Correspondent Victor Nuñez’ mother Catherine Nuñez also couldn’t hold back her tears.

“Nagkaiyakan dahil sa saya na nakuha namin ang hustisya na minimithi namin (We all cried because finally we were able to get justice,)” she said.

Editor Jolito Evardo’s brother Desiderio Evardo said what he feels now is unexplainable.

“Ako po, kung may masaya pa, pinakamasaya. Ngunit wala nang ibang saya na natanggap ko (I’m the happiest. No amount of happiness can exceed what I feel right now),” Evardo said.

Meanwhile, Editha Tiamzon has nothing but a feeling of gratitude to all who supported them on the course of their fight for justice.

Editha is the widow of UNTV Driver Daniel Tiamzon.

“Kami pong apat sa UNTV, saka ang mga kasama namin, kay Atty. Harry Roque, buong puso pong nagpapasalamat sa buong Pilipinas dahil po sa suporta ninyo (The four of us thank UNTV and Atty. Harry Roque and the entire Philippines for the support),” said Editha.

Despite today’s Court decision, Roque said they will continue to pursue further justice to all other victims as the ‘trial of the century’ continues. – MNP (with inputs from Harlene Delgado)

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